Thompson hopeful over Europe

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Celtic coach Alan Thompson believes the Parkhead club deserve to be reinstated to the Europa League even though they were knocked out by Sion.

After losing 3-1 in Switzerland on Thursday night to go out of the play-offs on the same aggregate score, Celtic were the next day given hope of a reprieve by Michel Platini. The UEFA president said the Swiss side had "not respected the rules of the transfer ban" by signing five players who are, in the eyes of FIFA, ineligible to play due to a transfer embargo.

One of them, Pascal Feindouno, scored twice against the Hoops and Thompson addressed the issue after the 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League. He said: "If we get reinstated we will delighted, we can go and enjoy six games in Europe and see what happens."

Thompson refuted a suggestion that it would be a hollow victory if they were to take Sion's place in their group along with Udinese, Atletico Madrid and Rennes, with the decision being made on Tuesday.

"No because if Feindouno doesn't play on Thursday night he doesn't score his two goals and we go through 1-1," the former Celtic midfielder said

"I don't know what will happen but for Platini to come out and make his views known, that tells you that there are views in the higher ranks of UEFA, so we will see what happens.

"Everyone is entitled to their views, whether they are Celtic fans or not."

Thompson admitted he was aware of interest in midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, reportedly from Blackburn and and two unnamed Russian clubs, but is hoping the South Korean remains in Glasgow.

He explained: "I think there has been well-documented interest in the lad and rightly so, he is a terrific player with a massive future but not one we are looking to get out the door. We don't want any of our better players leaving."

He also confirmed Celtic were themselves looking at AIK Stockholm striker Mohamed Bangura but denied interest had reached the stage of negotiations: "I don't think we are in talks with him, it is too far advanced to say that but we have been looking at him."

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